Fall 2020 classes at Washtenaw Community College are continuing

November 16, 2020 Washtenaw Community College

The following message was sent from Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Services Linda Blakey to all students:

To curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates across the state, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services on Sunday issued a "Pause to Save Lives" emergency order that, among other restrictions, prohibits face-to-face learning on college campuses from Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Tuesday, Dec. 8.

To immediately end any speculation or confusion in light of that news: While WCC will comply with all health department guidelines, all Fall 2020 classes at Washtenaw Community College are continuing. It's imperative that you remain engaged with your classwork!

This emergency order impacts a limited number of students who've returned to campus for mixed mode classes that include a hands-on learning segment. Faculty and staff are hard at work moving these labs to virtual delivery by Wednesday. Check in with your instructors via Blackboard for specifics on how your lab experience will be delivered.

Classes taught in an online or virtual classroom method are not affected in any way and will continue as outlined in your syllabus.

Also, medical training is exempt from this order, which means all Health Science Division labs and clinicals will continue as originally scheduled. This includes Nursing, Radiography, Dental Assisting, Physical Therapy Assisting, Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing. Law enforcement training is also exempt, so the WCC Police Academy's final week of training on campus will not be affected.

With only five weeks remaining in the Fall 2020 semester, we understand the timing of this emergency order is not ideal — but we want you to know that every student continues to have the full support of the college as you make this final push. All learning support and resources are available virtually. Please use them!

Stay safe and stay engaged in your education!